Intrepid MD slams government for slashing Indigenous tourism funding

Intrepid MD slams government for slashing Indigenous tourism funding

Intrepid MD Brett Mitchell has called out the federal government for slashing funding for First Nations tourism in last week’s budget.

While the Labor government’s first budget since its election in May had plenty of good news for travel and tourism, a few funding cuts appear to have been hidden in the fine print.

Tourism Australia’s budget will be cut by $36m representing a 25.1 per cent cut, which the treasury noted was “due to the temporary nature” of additional funds the organisation was given to boost international travel when borders opened.

On top of this, an $8.5m Indigenous tourism fund will be cut back to $4.3m in the coming years.

“We’re thrilled to see the Federal Government pledge to support the tourism sector through investment in upskilling, accommodation and providing a boost for airports, to make Australian destinations even more accessible – both for domestic and international tourists,” Mitchell said.

“It’s encouraging to see a commitment to lowering carbon emissions in the aviation industry, helping make travel more sustainable.

“However, it is disappointing to see funding for First Nations tourism being slashed by the Federal Government.”

Intrepid has seen a 233 per cent growth in the number of First Nations experiences on its trips over the past year – with 49 per cent of those being Australian itineraries, which Mitchell said indicates “not only demand but a need to foster and grow the sector.”

Despite this major oversite, the travel and tourism industry’s response to the budget has been overall positive.

Industry figureheads have applauded the $48m in funding to support marketing, training, and upskilling for the accommodation sector, as well as the upgrade of caravan parks around the country.

The Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) CEO Dean Long also highlighted the increase in childcare subsidies, which is a big win for the female workforce, unlocking the equivalent of an extra 37,000 workers.

Other standouts include $100m for Australia’s participation in World Expo 2025 in Osaka, which will showcase clean energy and low-emissions technologies, new Jet Zero style council to reduce carbon emissions in the aviation industry $150m to be shared among Hobart, Launceston and Newcastle airports for upgrades, and $17.9m for Western Sydney Airport ahead of a 2026 opening.

Latest News

  • Attractions

Witness the Global Rainbow at the Sydney Tower Eye

Previously lighting up the city skies of London, Berlin, and Toronto, the Global Rainbow Comes to Sydney for a limited time for Vivid until 15 June 2024. Created by Yvette Matter, the laser lights showing the seven colors of the rainbow span 40km across the city. It represents a beacon of hope and inclusivity that […]

  • Travel Agents

Flight Centre peacocks with glitzy Envoyage launch event

Flight Centre Travel Group (FLT) unveiled its new brand Envoyage Australia in Sydney last night. More than 100 preferred partners attended the event which took place in the Ivy Sunroom. Envoyage will replace existing brands FCTG Independent and Travel Partners in the Australian market from July 2024. FLT’s Global managing director of luxury and independent […]

  • Expedition

Advisors unleash their inner wild child with Adventure World’s Alaska famil

Six travel advisors from Australia and New Zealand recently travelled to Alaska for an Adventure World famil. The trip was part of Adventure World’s Make Travel Matter offering which showcases how travel can be used for good. Travel with Purpose: Making a Positive Impact Make Travel Matter prioritises reducing tourism’s negative effects while maximising its […]

  • Aviation

Qatar Airways named Airline of the Year by leading industry body

Qatar Airways has been named the ‘Airline of the Year’ for 2024 by the leading industry organisation, Airline Ratings. In addition to the ‘Airline of the Year’ accolade, Qatar Airways has also won ‘Best Business Class’ for the fifth consecutive year and ‘Best Catering’. The yearly awards include several key categories: ‘Best In-flight Entertainment’ and […]

  • Aviation

Cathay Pacific’s redefined premium economy seats on the new Boeing 777-300ER

Cathay Pacific is set to redefine premium economy seating with an upcoming fleet of Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. The Hong Kong-based international airline began offering premium economy seats in 2012 and looks to implement major changes beginning 2027. These changes are designed to make customers more comfortable on long-haul flights. Better seating The new ergonomic seats […]

  • Attractions

APAC attractions market to hit $25bn in 2024 with Aussies ranked as 4th biggest spenders

The Asia-Pacific is expected to grow to a staggering USD$16.8 billion ($25.2 billion) by the end of this year with China and Japan coming out top as the strongest performers. Highlights Asia-Pacific (APAC) attractions market: 385 million in attendance to themes and amusement parks forecast for 2024 $16.8B USD ($25.2 billion) in visitor spending by […]